Council says no to live broadcasting of meeting

The city council chamber
The city council chamber
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PORTSMOUTH councillors have decided not to allow today’s crucial Pompey meeting to be broadcast live.

A request to stream the debate and vote, which will take place inside Portsmouth’s Guildhall, was submitted by The News yesterday but the authority has opted to instead provide an audio recording after the meeting.

The decision was taken by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Tory councillor Frank Jonas, in consultation with the leaders of the three parties.

A spokesman for the council said it was a longstanding policy not to allow council meetings to be broadcast and councillors did not want that to change.

Previously council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson has said he either wants all full council meetings to be broadcast in their entirety or none of them to be.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at midday today.

Live text coverage will however still be provided of the meeting on this website.